Parks College Student Places Second at Entrepreneurship Competition in Sweden

November 28, 2012
Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Parks College News

On Saturday, November 17, Parks College graduate student, Patrick Andrus, placed second in the Idea-to-Product (I2P) Global Competition in Stockholm, Sweden.

sonograbfirst-runner-uplifesceince-300x200From left: Dr. Charles Andrus, Faculty Advisor; Dr. Terrence E. Brown, Docent; Patrick Andrus and Jochen Schwenk, Life Science Judge

Andrus joined 17 teams from all over the world to compete in one of three championships, ICT, Energy and Life Science. Andrus placed second in the Life Science category with the product idea, SonoGrab. SonoGrab is a surgical grasping tool, with a miniature ultrasound probe that is able to detect the location of the foreign object continuously as the surgeon moves the tool through the patient’s tissue.

The I2P global competition was the last of three competitions Andrus has competed in this year. Andrus placed first in the 2011-2012 Saint Louis University I2P campus competition and placed second in the 2011-2012 I2P Missouri-Illinois Regional competition.

“The experience was great and it was fascinating to see the innovations that others created,” Andrus said.  “It was also interesting to see because of where a team was from, what problem they solved, and almost how obvious the need was after their explanation.  Overall it was a wonderful experience with everyone’s excitement.”

Idea to Product® Global is a competition in commercialization of research aiming to fill the gap between university research and business plan competitions. The annual I2P competition is a unique academic competition looking at ideas at their earliest stage.

Andrus’ trip was funded by The Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest. Foundation resources support education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship.

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